Sean J. Kealy

Clinical Associate Professor of Law

AB, Hamilton College
MGA, University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government
JD, cum laude, Temple University School of Law

Areas of Interest
Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Legislative Process
Contact
Biography

Sean Kealy graduated from Temple Law School in 1994. He was an assistant attorney general from 1995-1999 where he worked on victim compensation claims and prosecuted insurance fraud. From 1999-2007 he worked as legal advisor to State Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton) and counsel to the General Court’s Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and the Joint Committee on Revenue. While working for the Legislature, Professor Kealy had the opportunity to work on many notable issues such as: the revised sex offender registry, the creation of “buffer zones” around reproductive health clinics, drunk driving legislation, modernizing corporate tax laws, creating new tax credits to encourage economic development, legalizing and encouraging stem cell research, and ensuring equal marriage rights.

Professor Kealy has taught criminal justice at Massachusetts Bay Community College and Suffolk University and has written law review articles on a variety of topics dealing with statutory changes to protect victim’s rights, improve the definition of murder and revise the Federal Posse Comitatus Act. He also co-edits a bi-monthly newsletter on recent changes to the criminal law that is distributed to prosecutors, members of law enforcement, defense attorneys and academics.

Publications
  1. Sean Kealy, M. Bautista & L. Rulli, American Legislative Practice, West Publishing Co. (forthcoming).
  2. Sean Kealy, "What is Reliable Evidence? A Proposal for Evidence Based Legislation," European Journal of Law Reform (forthcoming).
  3. Sean Kealy, "A Guide to Gathering and Using Legislative History in Massachusetts," 97 Massachusetts Law Review 46 (2016).
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  4. Sean Kealy, African Parliamentary Knowledge Network Legislative Handbook: Using Evidence to Design and Assess Legislation, African Parliamentary Knowledge Network (2013).
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  5. Sean Kealy, "The Second Amendment as Interpreted by Congress and the Court," 3 Northeastern University Law Journal 325 (2011).
  6. Sean Kealy, "Reexamining the Posse Comitatus Act: Toward a Right to Civil Law Enforcement," 21 Yale Law & Policy Review 383 (2003).
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  7. Sean Kealy, "Hunting the Dragon: Reforming the Massachusetts Murder Statute," 10 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 203 (2001).
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  8. Sean Kealy, "A Proposal for a New Massachusetts Notoriety for Profit Law: The Grandson of Sam," 22 Western New England Law Review 1 (2000).
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Courses

3 credits

This CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have received permission from the Office of Experiential Education to enroll. This is the companion academic component for students simultaneously enrolled in the Judicial Externship: Fieldwork course. The two-hour weekly seminar examines legal ethics from the perspective of the judiciary, including topics such as conflicts of interest, competency, confidentiality, pro bono obligations, and judicial ethics. The class also focuses on the legal and philosophical foundations of judicial decision-making, specialty courts, alternative dispute resolution, and legal research and writing. The seminar requires students to write a 15-page paper and make a class presentation. In addition, each student keeps a reflective journal chronicling their educational experience and reactions to the practice of law observed at the field placement. NOTE: Students who enroll in this component of the externship may count the credits towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement or the Professional Responsibility requirement. It may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement. COREQUISITE: Judicial Externship: Fieldwork (JD 735). GRADING NOTICE: This class does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 736 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 5:30 pm 7:30 pm 3 Sean J. Kealy LAW 417
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 736 B1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 5:30 pm 7:30 pm 3 Selena Fitanides LAW 519
FALL 2017: LAW JD 736 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 5:30 pm 7:30 pm 3 Sean J. Kealy LAW 508
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 736 B1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue 5:30 pm 7:30 pm 3 Selena Fitanides

3 credits

This CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have received permission from the Office of Experiential Education to enroll. This is the companion academic component for students enrolled in the Legislative Externship: Fieldwork course. The seminar covers subjects that affect the legislative process including: constitutional interpretation by legislatures, theories of representation, legislative organization and rules, lobbying, legislative oversight powers, and legislature-executive agency relationships. In addition, each student keeps a reflective journal chronicling their educational experience and reactions to the practice of law observed at the field placement. NOTE: Students who enroll in this externship may count the credits towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. COREQUISITE: Legislative Externship: Fieldwork (JD937).

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 938 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Sean J. Kealy LAW 420
FALL 2017: LAW JD 938 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Sean J. Kealy
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 938 B1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Sean J. Kealy

6 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Legislative Policy & Drafting Clinic. Students learn about the law-making process through coursework and hand-on experience working with a client seeking to advance a bill or project through the state legislature. Students work on several projects during the semester that highlight different aspects of the legislative process, allowing students to relate and test the theories discussed in class to real life situations. The in-class seminar covers subjects that affect the legislative process including: constitutional interpretation by legislatures, theories of representation, legislative organization and rules, lobbying, legislative oversight powers, and legislature-executive agency relationships. The clinic instructor works with students to select projects in the students' specific areas of interest, if any. In particular, students interested in business and tax, environment law, or health law, may specialize in those areas for the full semester. NOTE: This Clinic satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement and counts towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 786 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy LAW 508
FALL 2016: LAW JD 786 A2 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy LAW 508
FALL 2016: LAW JD 786 A3 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy LAW 508
FALL 2016: LAW JD 786 A4 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy LAW 508
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 786 B1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy LAW 508
FALL 2017: LAW JD 786 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy LAW 419
FALL 2017: LAW JD 786 A2 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy
FALL 2017: LAW JD 786 A3 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy
FALL 2017: LAW JD 786 A4 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 786 B1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 786 B2 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 786 B3 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 786 B4 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy

10 credits

This CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have received permission from the Office of Experiential Education to enroll. Through the Semester-in-Practice: Government Lawyering -- Washington, D.C., students spend a semester working full-time for credit at an externship placement in D.C. Examples include, but are not limited to, opportunities with the staff of a Congressional committee or subcommittee, in the legal office of an administrative agency, or with a federal board/commission. Externships may be paid or unpaid. Students may secure their own placement or work with Professor Sean Kealy, instructor of the Program, for help in identifying and applying to suitable placements based on the student's career and academic interests. NOTE: Students who enroll in this externship may count the credits towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. COREQUISITE: Semester-in-Practice: Government Lawyering Paper (JD 746).

FALL 2016: LAW JD 745 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 10
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 745 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD 10 Sean J. Kealy
FALL 2017: LAW JD 745 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 10 ROOM
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 745 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
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ARR TBD TBD 10 Sean J. Kealy

Var credits

This CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have received permission from the Office of Experiential Education to enroll. This is the companion academic component for students enrolled in the Semester-in-Practice: Government Lawyering -- Washington, D.C. course. Students work with a faculty supervisor in designing their own reading list, writing a 15-20 page research paper, and submitting seven 4-6 page bi-weekly journals. NOTE: Students who enroll in this component of the externship may count the credits towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement or the Upper-class writing requirement. It may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement. COREQUISITE: Semester-in-Practice: Government Lawyering - Washington, D.C. (JD 745).

FALL 2016: LAW JD 746 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD Var Sean J. Kealy
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 746 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD Var Sean J. Kealy
FALL 2017: LAW JD 746 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD Var Sean J. Kealy ROOM
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 746 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD Var Sean J. Kealy
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